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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Mar 23, 2011 10:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: First FOTM Jam?

I've been listening to a lot of June 1976 lately thanks to the fantastic work that the Honorable Charlie Miller has uploaded recently. Auditorium Theater, 28 June 76, 2nd set, at 37 seconds, "Happiness Is Drumming" becomes a very obvious instrumental Fire on the Mountain--the first that I am aware of. DeadBase also notes this as the only "Happiness Is Drumming". So, I have two questions for the more knowledgeable among the Forum. First, were there earlier versions of FOTM which weren't so well defined? Second, and this is more a question of semantics, why isn't this version officially known as "FOTM (instrumental)"? As one of many contrary examples, the first one or two performances of "Help on the Way" are referred to as "Help on the Way" (usually followed by 'instrumental' or 'no lyrics'). Just curious. Any input welcomed :-)

...__[8]o


(And thank you, Mr. Miller. I hope that you have at least an inkling of how much more some of us enjoy life simply because of your efforts.)

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Mar 23, 2011 11:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First FOTM Jam?

HID was first released in March 1976 as a song on Mickey Hart's Diga Rhythm Band album release which Jerry played on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT_oryPELX0

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2011-03-24 06:43:34

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Poster: polarized blue Date: Mar 23, 2011 11:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First FOTM Jam?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-06-22.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.112218.flac16

Listen in Playin In The Band - during the jam about 14:00 - 14:30 minutes there is a distinct jam on the Happiness Is Drumming theme. Also worth listening to the whole show while you're at it.

I think the reason they didn't call it Fire On The Mountain maybe the song as it was was called Happiness Is Drumming, the song by Mickey Hart, must have been later that the words and music were put together to make it become Fire.

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Mar 24, 2011 12:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First FOTM Jam?

Thank you both for the education. I had no idea that the credits for FOTM were MH (music) / RH (lyrics). (Well, the second part isn't surprising. but the guitar riff is the distinguishing feature so I am surprised that Jerry didn't help write it.) Regardless, the version on the MH album is obviously one in the same as what became FOTM. Thanks for pointing out the riff during the PITB riff from earlier in the month. I have listened to that show many times and, at least based on the power of suggestion, I do hear a similar motif. So, thank you, Mickey. And it's surprising that it took almost 11 months for HID to morph into the backbone of the first Scarlet > Fire and one of our favorite 2nd set staples for almost 20 years thereafter.

...__[8]o

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 24, 2011 12:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First FOTM Jam?

As the others said, Happiness Is Drumming was its own instrumental before the Dead did Fire. It's kind of like how they played the Main Ten for a couple years before sticking it into Playing in the Band.

The strange thing is, Mickey Hart did a rap-version of Fire on the Mountain in his studio back in the early '70s, with MORE lyrics than Garcia eventually sang. (It was to be on a record that Warner Bros rejected as uncommercial.) So he put the instrumental of it, Happiness is Drumming, on the Diga Rhythm Band album in '76; and then the Dead decided to pick up the whole song for themselves. (They also recorded it for Terrapin Station in early '77, but decided not to put it on that album!)

Anyway - there are at least a couple earlier jams where people claim to have found early Fires.
One is this incredible jam, starting around 14:30 - although I think it sounds more like Franklin's...
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-07-27.aud.weiner.gdadt26.26363.sbeok.shnf

And another is this very early jam with Jack Casady, about 26 minutes in - although I think the resemblance is coincidental:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-12-16.sbd.hartbeats.4529.sbeok.shnf (the second jam)

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Mar 24, 2011 6:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First FOTM Jam?

Great thread so far. Here's one more proto-Fire labeled as "Jam #1 (Fire on the Mountain Theme)." Talk about an archetype. I guess this is just an excuse to mention this ridiculously cool tape:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-08-21.aud.38f.83307.sbeok.flac16

A rippin' night at Mickey's Barn, and if the date is correct (and I have no reason to assume that it's not), then this jam session occurred after Mickey had left the band in early '71.

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